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The Door in the Sky by Sandy Klein Bernstein

Friday, November 9, 2012
The Door in the Sky

It all started with a stolen magic spell. Throw in a powerful sorceress, a teen alchemist in desperate need of a haircut, a fearless king in love with a hot-tempered witch, a demonic shadow with a penchant for turning to mist, a cunning cellar sprite, and an army of invisible knights - all looking for a pair of bickering Earthlings...

"Come back here at midnight, Ricky"

11-year-old Ricky watches in stunned silence as those words magically appear in the stars during a show at the Chicago Space Museum. But why can't anyone else see the message? And why must he bring Jello?
His teenage sister, Allie, follows him back to the theater at midnight. They're both whisked through a door in the sky to the kingdom of Galdoren, where they quickly befriend a mischievous star and make a powerful enemy of Queen Glacidia, a witch who rules over a land of never-ending winter.
On their quest to reach a castle riddled with secrets, the siblings will encounter a magic carpet with a terrible sense of direction, a cowardly dragon, a hero in a flying wheelchair, and a candy farm with exploding fields of overripe Red Hots.
Will that scruffy teen alchemist, Henry, be able to master his spell book in time to help? And will Ricky ever get the hang of flying, or will he forever be banging his head against the light fixtures?
The Door in the Sky will transport you to a world overflowing with magic, breathless adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. Each cliff-hanging chapter will keep you reading well past your bedtime and burning up the batteries to your book light.

Goodreads Summary

Out of all the books I’ve reviewed this year, this has to be one of my favorites. The Door in the Sky was obviously aimed for nine year-olds and up, but I believe any age can read it. The world Bernstein creates is (in my opinion), more magical than Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. It also has lots of humor, so not only was I intrigued about the world Bernstein created, I also had a great time living in it too. Everything she explains will make the reader think “Wow, that was unexpected”. The plot isn’t too slow or fast and contains plenty of adventure in every page.  There are many characters to meet, each funnier and more interesting than the next.  Ricky was easy to enjoy and like right off the bat.  His determination and bravery in his attempts to fly make him a lovable character. Henry, a slightly nerdier version of Ricky, needs to practice his spells before it is too late.  The reader will be avidly rooting for Henry to succeed. I’ve seen many reviews saying their grandson/children wanted them to read it, and they finally bit the bullet and gave the book 5/5 stars.

This book isn’t something I’d typically pick up in a store because of the age group, so I’m happy I had a chance to review it. It was a time warp back to when I was younger and I wished there was a book like this during that time.  I recommend this book to tweens, teens, and adults. Hopefully there’s a sequel coming out, because I will definitely get my hands on it!

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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